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Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly: 10 Plays for Children and Families

Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly: 10 Plays for Children and Families

By Y York. Edited and with an introduction by Mark Lutwak.

Product Code: DG7000

  • Collection
  • Comedy | Drama

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Synopsis

Y York’s award-winning plays for young people are noted for their relevance, humor and high critical response. They have been produced to popular acclaim for audiences of children and adults throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. This anthology contains original plays, adaptations from literature and “listening plays,” work based on research and interviews with living people. The original plays include the Portrait the Wind the Chair, which deals with two sisters using their dream life to deal with the death of a grandparent; The Last Paving Stone, a futuristic environmental comedy; Mask of the Unicorn Warrior, a swashbuckling drama for adolescents on the power of truth and lies; and River Rat and Cat, a slapstick farce on friendship for young children. The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi is loosely based on Rudyard Kipling, Getting Near to Baby is adapted from Audrey Couloumbis’ Newbery Honor Book, and Eggs is from Jerry Spinelli’s popular novel. The listening plays are The Forgiving Harvest, developed from conversations with Midwest farmers and their families; Nothing Is the Same, derived from the experience of elders in Wahiawa, O'ahu, during and after the Japanese air attacks on Dec. 7, 1941; and Don’t Tell Me I Can't Fly, inspired by the life and art of African-American Milwaukee artist Della Wells.

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    In stock

  • Type of Show Collection
  • Product Code DG7000
  • Pages 440
  • Cost $34.95

Categories

  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | Family (all ages)
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781619591585
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Included Titles

The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi By Y York. Adapted from the story by Rudyard Kipling.

A loose adaptation of Kipling's classic. Nobody dies in this free-flowing, comic brawl.

  • Product Code: G70000
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Cast Size: 5 m. or w. (4 with doubling).
  • Approx. Run Time: 65 minutes

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The Last Paving Stone By Y York.

Ito can hear the cement covered ground talking, and when she is threatened with the forever-silence of the ground, she risks the ire of her pa to share the sound with normal-eared people. Learning that being different is not such a bad thing after all.

  • Product Code: LA1000
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Cast Size: 2m., 4w. (and the Sound of the Ground).
  • Approx. Run Time: 65 minutes

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Mask of the Unicorn Warrior By Y York.

Crown Prince Tycho leaves to cure his weakness, by killing a unicorn like his father before him. Tycho, unable to kill the creature turns for home, and meets Mercurial, who claimed to be a survivor of shipwreck. Their fates intertwine in this tale of love and deception.

  • Product Code: MD2000
  • Genre: Tragedy
  • Cast Size: 3m., 2w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 70 minutes

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the Portrait the Wind the Chair By Y. York.

During the windstorm of the century, Lucy and her sister find themselves marooned alone in Grandma's old house, where they must deal with a chair with a mind of its own and a dead Grandma who won't stay in her portrait.

  • Product Code: P80000
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Cast Size: 1m., 2w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 75 minutes

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The Forgiving Harvest By Y York.

Mika musters all of her 9-year-old resources to save Sticky-the-cow, who she helped deliver while her own mother was on her deathbed.

  • Product Code: F88000
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast Size: 5m., 1w. (Two of the 5 male roles are boys.)
  • Approx. Run Time: 90 minutes

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Nothing Is the Same By Y York.

On the island of O'hau, on December 7th, 1941, four young boys' lives will be changed forever. School has stopped all together, they learn to spot enemy planes and have become wary of their Japanese neighbors. Will outside challenges force endings to friendships?

  • Product Code: N56000
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast Size: 3m., 1w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 70 minutes

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River Rat and Cat By Y York.

From the day River Rat hauled a drowning Cat from a sinking basket (thinking Cat was some unique collectible), all of the river creatures have been dismayed by the camaraderie of this unlikely duo. But when Rat becomes frazzled by Cat's demands, Dale Beaver sees a perfect moment to break up the friendship and take the tree property River Rat owns. It's a Keystone Kops kind of komedy for kids and their kin!

  • Product Code: R85000
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Cast Size: 3 actors.
  • Approx. Run Time: 60 minutes

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Eggs By Y York. Based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli.

David enlists the help of the weirdly obtuse Primrose to ensure the return of his dead mother while Primrose has issues with her own psychic mother.

  • Product Code: E61000
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast Size: 2m., 3w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 65 minutes

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Getting Near to Baby By Y York. Adapted from the Newbery Honor Book by Audrey Couloumbis.

Reeling from the death of their baby sister, 12-year-old Willa Jo Dean and 7-year-old Little Sister Dean, are sent to stay with Aunt Patty so their mom can recover.

  • Product Code: GA6000
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast Size: 2m., 6w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 90 minutes

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Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly By Y York. Inspired by the life and art of Della Wells.

Nine-year-old Tonia is growing up in a working-class, African-American home in Milwaukee in 1964. Her artistic soul is at odds with her parents' fears and pragmatism. Her efforts to please and appease them are in conflict with her own needs and desires. Tonia finds her way, the only way possible, by allowing her parents to see her true self with all its flaws, beauty and possibilities.

  • Product Code: DE9000
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast Size: 2m., 3w.
  • Approx. Run Time: 65 minutes

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